Notebook: Bobcat Delivers New Compact Wheel Loaders

Notebook: Bobcat Delivers New Compact Wheel Loaders

The nimble and powerful L65 and L85 loaders boast super-sized features in a compact form.

October 1, 2021

Exercising the old maxim that big (and powerful) things do indeed come in small packages, Bobcat's new L65 and L85 compact wheel loaders deliver high bucket capacity, swift travel speeds and improved maneuverability.

“Compact wheel loaders are an essential machine on many different jobsites and are remarkably nimble in tight spaces where power shouldn’t be sacrificed for maneuverability,” said Kelly Humble, senior marketing manager, product planning at Doosan Bobcat North America. “Our new compact wheel loaders give owners the performance they need to power through tough tasks, the nimbleness they need to work around obstacles and the premium comfort they deserve to stay energized throughout the day.”

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The L65 and L85 compact wheel loaders offer a multi-tool solution to complete a variety of projects. With their heavy lifting capacities and high lift height, these compact wheel loaders are designed specifically for lift-and-carry tasks in crowded work zones and challenging environments. With standard bucket capacities of up to 1-cubic yard, the L65 and L85 tackles tough material handling in landscaping, construction, agriculture and other industries.

In addition to buckets and pallet forks specifically designed and approved for these machines, the L65 and L85 easily integrate with a variety of other Bobcat attachments that extend the usefulness of the machine.

For example, the power Bob-Tach System allows operators to share select attachments across their Bobcat fleet, expanding the versatility of their equipment. The operator can also optimize the performance of the attachment relative to that task at hand with attachment control mode, a feature that enables the operator to control the engine and travel speeds separately, allowing for optimal auxiliary hydraulic performance.

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The L65 and L85 come equipped with a new Tier 4 Bobcat engine redesigned for efficiency and performance, plus thoughtfully engineered components for simplified routine maintenance. The engine also features reliable cold weather starting and a variety of features that make maintenance and service more convenient, including:

  • Large fuel filter to enable better system protection, longer filter life and increased holding capacity.
  • Lift pump and self-priming fuel system, which enables continuous forced air outflow and eliminates the need for a primer bulb.
  • Pre-filter to protect the lift pump from debris and particles that increase wear and degrade performance


The machines’ articulated steering delivers improved maneuverability and a tight turning radius, improving jobsite navigation of obstructions and fitting into narrow spaces.

The electronic hydrostatic transmission (E-HST), allows the L65 and L85 to make quick direction changes efficiently, increasing acceleration and adjusting speed control seamlessly. A combination of the E-HST transmission and horsepower management automatically adjusts the loaders’ drive system to maximize pushing and loading power while minimizing the chance of stalling. Unlike other anti-stall systems, operators can obtain maximum engine and drive torque to match the toughest applications.

When it comes to bucket breakout force, Bobcat’s z-bar linkage design provides outstanding power while keeping loads parallel with the ground, resulting in minimal spillage and maximum productivity. Combined with an automatic parking brake with slope assist and brake pedal with inching control, owners can feel confident that they can manage their speed and task with power and precision.

Whether choosing from a standard canopy or optional pressurized cab, the L65 and L85 offer operators a vantage point for improved visibility, as well as a roomy, comfortable cab engineered for all-day operation, low noise levels, easy-to-reach and intuitive controls and a comfortable seat with an adjustable, seat-mounted joystick.

The engine achieves emissions compliance without the use of a diesel particulate filter (DPF) filter or selective catalyst reduction (SCR), which means reduced components for easier maintenance and no work stoppage due to DPF regeneration.

Like all of Bobcat’s compact equipment lineup, operators will find optimal service access to key components and checkpoints throughout the compact wheel loaders, simplifying regular maintenance intervals and making it easy to incorporate good service habits into their routine.

Additional Standard Features (L65 and L85):

  • 2.4L Turbo-charged Bobcat Tier-4 engine
  • Two-Speed Travel (travel mode/work mode)
  • Advanced Attachment Control Mode
  • Bucket Level Indicator
  • Differential Lock
  • Inching Pedal
  • Power Bob-Tach
  • 5” Display w/Jog Shuttle
  • High-flow hydraulics (L85 only)
  • Side Rear View Mirrors
  • Z-Bar Mechanical Self Leveling
  • LED Work Lights

Additional Upgrade Options (L65 and L85):

  • Attachment Control Device (7 pin connector)
  • Automatic ride control
  • Enclosed cab with HVAC
  • Rear view camera
  • Cloth suspension seat